Kodiak's little Tanner crab fishery is scheduled to begin at noon today.
The fishery has an unusual wrinkle this year, what with Shell's recently rescued offshore drilling rig, the Kulluk, anchored up in Kiliuda Bay on Kodiak's eastern side.
Nothing has spilled from the rig, but state and Coast Guard officials are being extra cautious to make sure the Kulluk and various response vessels don't cause a problem for the crabbers.
Hence, the hulking rig will stay put in inner Kiliuda Bay for the duration of the fishery.
"A claims process has been established for any crab fishermen losses that occur as a result of the Kulluk's presence," says this update from the unified command set up to deal with the Kulluk grounding and salvage operation.
The catch quota for Tanner crab is a modest 660,000 pounds for the Kodiak District.